Call for Digital Strategists

Request for proposal

in(ner) vision(s). Credit: Rémi Chauvin

About the opportunity

We are currently seeking proposals from digital strategists and creative technologists to consult with arts organisations on digital strategy and transformation.

The Digital Strategist-in-Residence program assigns consultants to eligible and selected organisations to increase the digital capacity and potential of the organisation, and to uncover new opportunities for transformation.

Consultants are required to provide advice, guidance, mentorship, and support to arts organisations in the development and advancement of their digital strategy and capabilities.

The goal of this residency program is to embed expert knowledge and skills within existing organisations to enable digital transformation and build digital capacity and strategic thinking. The program will provide a digital strategy and foundation for the organisation to continue, self-directed, on completion of the residency.

Find out more and submit your proposal.


Arts organisation should apply for the Digital Strategist-in-Residence program to be paired with a consultant.

Proposals will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of organisational digital capability, strategy and transformation.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver the project and achieve proposed outcomes required, including ability to facilitate within organisations.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and commitment to digital inclusion and accessibility, community engagement and cultural safety.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse range of stakeholders, especially in the arts and creative industry.

We encourage applications from people who identify as First Nations, from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability and people living in regional and remote areas.

We actively work with individuals to support access needs – including childcare, cultural practices, financial and/or learning access needs as required. We encourage applicants to contact us via phone or email to discuss this further.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview week commencing 15 August 2022. All applicants will be notified week commencing 22 August 2022.

Frequently asked questions

Over a three month period, the program is delivered in three phases. Your organisation will work with the strategist to complete the following:

  • Assess: the strategist will take the organisation through the Digital Culture Compass, an online tool that will help identify the organisation’s current level of digital maturity.
  • Develop: a process of ideation and investigation to identify digital challenges and opportunities for your organisation. This phase involves feasibility research to refine and resolve potential initiatives.
  • Draft: collate your work into a digital strategy (and/or implementation plan) document that aligns with your existing strategic/business plan.

Our digital strategists are a diverse group of creative technologists and digital consultants with a broad range of experience across digital technologies, capacities and roles. Strategists will be located across Australia and are selected based on their:

  • experience with digital transformation
  • knowledge of the arts and creative industry
  • commitment to digital inclusion, cultural competency and accessibility.

Organisations will be matched with strategists based on the individual needs and priority areas.

This residency is designed to be delivered online with potential for hybrid delivery, involving a combination of in-person and online sessions with your strategist via negotiation.

Proposal documents should include the following:

  • A written response outlining how the individual, company or organisation proposes to meet the requirement of the project (no more than two pages).
  • A breakdown of your quote, including availability and capacity to deliver the requirements within the budget requirements of this document (refer part B6). Your quote must include and note GST where applicable.
  • Individual, company or organisation information such as corporate status, registered place of business, size, number of staff and insurance policies.
  • Qualifications of the staff to be designated to the project.
  • Two referees to whom the Australia Council may address enquiries concerning previous experience in this area.
  • A declaration of any partial or non-compliance with any provisions of this RFP. This includes not agreeing to any of the draft conditions of contract stating reasons and alternatives where appropriate.